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Women’s basketball climbs up standings, ranked fourth

Michelle LongoReporter

The Phoenix now sits at 4-3 on the season, but has played no conference games thus far.

“Each game is a chance to step up and get better for our conference games,” Paul said.

The women’s first conference game will be held on Dec. 16, at Appalachian State University. It should prove to be an exciting game, as the two teams’ records are almost identical. The women have a boost of confidence going into the game with their season opening victory again Campbell University and their impressive victories as of late.

The women’s second conference game will be held at the end of the month, when the Phoenix takes on the Chattanooga Mocs.

The Mocs won the conference championship last year, but that does not change the game plan of the Phoenix.

“Teams feel that they have the mismatch because of their size advantage, but I feel we have the mismatch because of our speed,” Paul said

The speedy Phoenix frontcourt is led by Junior guards Tierra Bumbrey, and Shashonna Moore and freshman guard Tiffany Davis. The women must control the tempo of the game and keep up the intensity level.

Also with their speed, they can put pressure on the Mocs front court, hopefully resulting in steals and forced turnovers.

In their last game against Iona, Moore was able to record 5 steals, with Davis and Bumbrey each recording 2 of their own. In its last two outings, the Phoenix have averaged 18 steals a game.

After their meeting with Chattanooga, the Phoenix women go on a streak of seven consecutive conference games, with the last being on Jan. 22 at home against Furman University.

Contact Michelle Longo at or 278-7247.